2-Ingredient Cream Cheese Pancakes

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2 Ingredient Pancakes have been showing up all over the internet lately. Low carb pancakes that are easy to make, and tasty as can be, we’ve been making these 2 Ingredient Cream Cheese Pancakes for years.

Amazingly thin and delicate, these cream cheese pancakes are much closer to a crepe than a traditional thick and fluffy pancake. I like these pancakes best when simply dusted with powdered sugar, but by all means, try my buttermilk syrup.

2 Ingredient Cream Cheese Pancakes can be made sweet or savory! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

They are also delicious when drizzled with maple syrup or honey, or you can go crazy and put peanut butter and jelly on top. Whatever floats your boat and your diet works here.

(Lemon Curd would be amazing too, just saying.)

These simple low carb pancakes are a completely different kind of breakfast treat, and I loved them from the first bite. My kids did too. They don’t care if they’re low carb or not, they just want them as often as I’m willing to make them.

I first stumbled across this Cream Cheese Pancake recipe about ten years ago over at I Breathe I’m Hungry. I whipped them up the very next morning for much smaller boys than I have now, and they’ve been a regular item on our meal plan ever since.

2 Ingredient Pancakes

Having now tried the popular 2 ingredient banana pancakes as well, I can tell you beyond any doubt that 2 ingredient pancakes made without banana are my favorite hands down.

These delicate cream chee

Happy birthday, P

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My little *baby* is 7 years old and I can hardly believe it.

Somehow, she went from this gummy thing, with the brightest, happiest smile:

5 ways to embrace anti-perfectionism and welcome the new you

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Set yourself free from unnecessary limitations, with these life-changing tips

5 ways to embrace anti-perfectionism and welcome the new you

It can be easy to think that if we aren’t going to do something perfectly, there is little point in trying. But there’s a fresh perspective on the scene. Anti-perfectionism teaches us that, when tackling any task, we can be happy to learn slowly, through trial and error, and by making mistakes. We can be as pleased with the processes as with the outcomes, and the imperfections in our work become stories, memories, and trophies.

I have recently begun renovating my home, something I never could have done without embracing anti-perfectionism. So, what has it taught me? Sometimes, we put our desires to try something new on hold because we feel inhibited by expectations (both other people’s and our own). Letting go of these expectations can be both challenging and freeing. Anti-perfectionism can help us to get started, here’s how to embrace it.

1. Establish your reason

When taking on any task, it is always helpful to start by considering your end goal. Your reasons for starting a task, new project, or picking up a hobby might be to learn the processes involved, to save money, to enjoy the experience, or you might really want to have a go at making something instead of buying it.

None of these objectives requires you to become an expert, they are all about something other than achieving an immaculate outcome. Anti-perfectionism allows us to create or enjoy without the pressure of expecting perfect results. It’s about doing your best, making improvements, and enjoying yourself.

2. Use what you’ve got, start where you are

Think about your starting point: what do you already know about the task you are taking on? Have you seen other people doing it? Can you use any skills you already have?

These start points are useful in helping us to accept our limitations. Without the pressure of the ‘right’ way of doing something, you can be creative with the ways in which you do things – learning through trial and error.

Stepping back, looking at what you’ve done, and making small improvements as you go, can help you find joy in, and be grateful for, your efforts.

3. Set reasonable goals which acknowledge your own skills

Allowing yourself plenty of time, and giving yourself permission to make mistakes, are wonderfully aligned with anti-perfectionism. If you have never done something before, it’s unreasonable to expect mastery or expert results in record-breaking time.

Anti-perfectionism lets us choose to hire a professional if that’s what suits us, or, if we want to do it ourselves, we can work slowly, celebrating progress along the way. Before you start, think of the things you are good at, or really enjoy. How can you use these in your project?

Break away from unrealistic expectations that our blankets must be matching, hand-crafted, and perfectly square, or that our homes should be immaculate all the time. We can work on organic veg patches and still enjoy fish-finger sandwiches for dinner.

4. Enjoy the process

There are things we can do to make sure processes are as enjoyable as outcomes. Taking ‘before’ photos, or creating mood boards before starting a project, can be super encouraging, as can focusing on emotional outcomes, like joy, Read more

Uplift your everyday with positivity journaling

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When everything gets dark, sometimes we have to make our own light. Here we speak to positive psychology practitioner Sophie Cliff about the power of positivity journaling

Uplift your everyday with positivity journaling

As I write this, the world is feeling a little gloomy. Grey clouds are hanging heavy in the sky and the current news cycle is enough to make anyone dizzy. Having said that, I made time to journal this morning and I’m listening to my favourite ‘autumn vibes’ playlist, so there are flickers of joy happening within.

This is something that can feel so tough at times, but can make the biggest difference to our mood – prioritising positive habits. Journaling is something I’ve been doing for decades. It’s my way of processing and untangling my thoughts, but it can also be a powerful tool in lifting your mood.

According to Positive Psychology Practitioner, Sophie Cliff, research from the field of positive psychology shows that regular journaling can help us cope better with stressful situations, improve our psychological wellbeing and boost our mood and sense of optimism.

Because of this, Highland Spring sparkling water has teamed up with positivity artist Katie Smith, to create the ‘Uplift Your Everyday’ journal. Consulting Sophie when creating the journal, the collaboration has resulted in a beautiful hardback book that aims to encourage positive reflection and gratitude. There’s even a handy water tracker, so you can keep track of your daily intake. 

Uplift your everyday with positivity journaling

OK, but what exactly is positivity journaling?

“Positive journaling can be defined as expressive or personal writing that focuses on or explores positive emotions and the good parts of life.” Sophie tells us.

“That could include setting positive intentions, writing gratitude lists or reflecting on the best parts of your day. Research shows that regular positive journaling can boost optimism, increase positive emotions and enhance our physical and mental wellbeing.”

The journal puts this idea into practice, with prompts like, ‘How did you uplift your day?’ and ‘What are you looking forward to?’ There’s also a simple mood tracker, where you can make a note about how you’ve felt that day.

“A big part of being able to proactively care for our wellbeing is noticing how we're feeling and spotting any patterns.” Sophie explains.

“By tracking our mood, we can start to draw associations - for example, are you more likely to feel positive when you've taken the time to exercise? Does a poor night's sleep put you in a bad mood? Knowing these things about yourself equips you with information to make smart changes that

Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie

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Creamy vanilla cheesecake is poured over a simple graham cracker crust and then topped with a creamy layer of pumpkin Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie.

As much as this dessert looks fancy, this is a very simple pie recipe that results in an unforgettable finish for any meal.

Cheesecake meets Pumpkin Pie in this family favorite! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin is fair game for me year around. My family LOVES pumpkin. We eat Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal all year long, and yes, I do mean in the spring and summer too.

Pumpkin Oatmeal is one of my youngest son’s favorite breakfasts, so pretty much any time I open a can of pumpkin, he’s likely to ask if there will be any pumpkin leftover to make oatmeal.

I’ve made a double layer pumpkin pie each Thanksgiving for years. That pie is frequently requested and it is always a hit. However, this recipe just knocked that pie off the table.

This recipe takes two of life’s best things, cheesecake and pumpkin pie, and combines them to create a pumpkin lover’s dessert experience that’s unlike any I’ve had before.

I’ve always loved pumpkin-flavored cheesecake too and realized recently there was a way to enjoy pumpkin cheesecake I’d never thought of before: simple vanilla cheesecake layered with spiced pumpkin pie filling all baked in a delicious crust.

One of my favorite things about cheesecake is the graham cracker crust. Making your own graham cracker crust for a cheesecake or pie is so much easier than many people think and the taste is phenomenal.

All it takes to make a homemade graham cracker crust is a good amount of crushed graham cracker crumbs mixed with melted butter and light brown sugar then pressed into a pie plate and baked.

The sweet buttery crust is the perfect vehicle for the layers of rich pumpkin pie filling and creamy cheesecake layer.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Layered Pie is a holiday favorite! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

I can’t believe I never tried layering pumpkin pie and cheesecake filling before. Cream cheese and pumpkin are a terrific match! The two textures and flavors complement each other so well.

The cream cheese layer is nothing more than cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla all mixed together in sweet perfection. As a bonus, this cream cheese base is a fantastic starting point for any cheesecake variations you want to try. You could even

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